Question: What Happens In A Voluntary Police Interview?

Why do you say no comment in a police interview?

But it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court.

Anything you do say may be given in evidence.

Today, courts can use silence (or no comment answers) as an inference of guilt.

This means that saying nothing, in some cases, can do more harm than good..

Can you say no comment in a police interview?

Make “NO COMMENT” to all questions. There is no such thing as a friendly chat with a police officer. Everything you say can and will likely be used as evidence. If they interview you, give a “No Comment” interview, unless under explicit advice from a good solicitor to make a written statement.

Should I accept a police caution?

You do not have to accept a caution! A caution is a possible outcome of an arrest, which you may be offered instead of being charged. The police make cautions sound less serious, but they are an admission of guilt, and will still go on your record.

How often do police officers go to court?

An Officer has to attend every trial for every ticket, citation, and arrest you make. This is the case in at least my jurisdiction. It doesn’t affect the the ability to field Officers and police the streets. Attending court proceedings is part of the process of effectively policing.

What is an informal police interview?

Also known as voluntary attendance, a voluntary police interview takes place at a police station where the volunteer assists the police with their enquiries. They are not under arrest at this time. An interview will be recorded and will take place under caution – meaning it may be used as evidence.

What happens after a police interview under caution?

Under Section 122 of the LEPRA, a police officer must, as soon as practicable after a person is detained, caution the person. … This means that if you are charged with an offence and the matter goes to court, the court cannot infer that you are guilty because you chose not to speak to the police.

What should I say in a police interview?

Tell us a little bit about yourself.Why did you choose to become a police officer?Why do you want to work at this agency?What is your greatest weaknesses?Moral questions.The interview is over, is there anything else you’d like to say?

Why do police ask for voluntary interviews?

Voluntary interviews can take place in relation to historical sexual abuse, rape or fraud allegations. The police often invite young, mentally disordered or vulnerable suspects to attend as a volunteer if they are to be interviewed.

Should I take a solicitor to a police interview?

Having a solicitor can provide protection to a suspect who is charged and where there is a dispute later on at court as to events which occurred during the police interview.

Who can attend a police interview?

This can be a lawyer or another adult. If you are 14 or older, you can choose who you want to call. If you are under 14, the Police will ask your parents or guardian to attend, unless your parents agree that someone else can take the role.

Will an interview under caution show up on a CRB check?

A caution does not count as a criminal conviction, but it can be used as character evidence if you go to court for another offence. Police cautions can show on both standard and enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.

What does it mean if you are interviewed under caution?

It means that the evidence we have obtained so far suggests that you may have committed an offence. The interview will give you the opportunity to provide an explanation of the events that have happened.

What do police say at the beginning of an interview?

When cautioning you at the beginning of the interview the police may say that “you can answer some questions and not others”. If you do answer some questions and not others and you are selective in the questions that you answer, the video recorded interview will be admissible in evidence.

Why you should remain silent?

Remaining silent will allow your attorney to provide you with an even better defense. When police state that “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” they are absolutely serious. Many times, the statements defendants make immediately after an arrest are used in court by the prosecution.

What does no comment really mean?

No comment indicates that the speaker does not choose to say anything on the subject, and it is automatically invalidated if the speaker then comments or answers questions. It is not a request for the material to be considered off the record or otherwise kept confidential.

What does a voluntary police interview mean?

A voluntary attendance is a police station interview when the volunteer attends to assist the police with an investigation and they are NOT under arrest. Volunteers have the right to access independent legal advice and are free to leave the police station at any time unless and until they are arrested.

Do I have to attend interview under caution?

“You do not have to go to the Interview Under Caution, but if you don’t, it may make it more difficult to explain facts and defend yourself if you are prosecuted.” That sentence seems to be a crude allusion to the fact that in some narrow instances your silence could be used against you in court.